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Thursday, June 26 • 4:00pm - 4:30pm
How to Put Together an Advisory Board: Lessons for Startups

Denise Ching

Denise is Director of the Illinois SBDC at UIC. In directing the Illinois SBDC she creates comprehensive programs for assisting people with creating and growing startups. Prior to joining UIC, she directed the Illinois SBDC at ICNC. While at ICNC she managed the organization’s revolving loan fund, originating microloans to area companies for working capital needs. Her previous work experience includes sales and management roles at WaMu... Read More →


Larry Abrams

Founder and President, Abrams Trading Group
Lawrence Abrams, a 28 year member of The Chicago Board of Trade/CME is the Founder and President of Abrams Trading Group, a registered Commodity Trading Advisor and Commodity Pool Operator. The firm focuses on identifying and correcting inefficiencies within financial markets. Currently, the firm is developing tools that allow property owners to hedge the risk associated with the volatility of their real estate assets. In addition, Larry is an... Read More →

Marc Grens

Partner, RCM Financial Services
Marc has over 13 years of financial services and business experience ranging from portfolio management, trading, brokerage, investment research, sales and marketing to executive management, business strategy, product development, and entrepreneurship.  Presently, Marc is a partner and one of the original founders of RCM Financial Services acting as Executive Director-Business Strategy.  In addition, Marc possesses a strong involvement... Read More →

Robert Okabe

Managing Director, RPX Group
Robert Okabe is a Managing Director of RPX Group where he leads the firm’s efforts to commercialize innovative technologies from universities and corporations.  He is past President and a Trustee of the Angel Resource Institute, a non-profit devoted to educating investors and entrepreneurs on the capital raising process and growing strong companies together.  He has used ARI’s best practices in fourteen angel investments... Read More →

Maria Pinto

Founder, M2057
Maria Pinto is an American fashion designer and artist. In fall 2013 she successfully raised $270,00 on Kickstarter to launch M2057 by Maria Pinto, a ready-to-wear collection for women featuring fashions inspired by urban architecture and design. She has dressed some of the world’s most stylish and dynamic women, including Oprah Winfrey, Brooke Shields, Marcia Gay Harden, and Michelle Obama, who recently appeared wearing M2057 in Parade... Read More →

Thursday June 26, 2014 4:00pm - 4:30pm
4. Skype Campfire Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654